I just watched the replay of the game. What jumped out at me was how much faster our guys were than the Union players. Even starting behind them the sprint to the puck had them ahead and it looked like it wore Union down and led to the big 3rd period outburst.
Hopefully we see addition from this subtraction. Chambers really has to get a flat out shooter from one of these open positions. Banks just ran too hot and cold for my liking to be considered the pick-em-up, off-the-bench shooter.
With the return of healthy the Nelson and Mahon duo I think it will line up as Nelson, Bates, McGovern, Wright and Mahon. I like the idea of the huge road graders across the middle to open up the middle for the running game. No negative rushes for Saquon will put him over 1,800 yards for the season.
I can't wait for September.
A "hot" goalie like Peyton can take this team all the way. I was impressed with the defensive effort in front of him on tired legs but he was the brick wall in front of that goal and was most deserving of being named the MVP.
Congratulations to our newest National Championship team! I am still in awe of the performance put up by this year's team. How they each rose to the challenge in front of them taking in stride the expected dominance by Zain and Nolf and the "upset" run from Cenzo, Mark, and Bo to give us 5 National Champions. And boy have we become spoiled since Cael showed up in new center of wrestling excellence, Happy Valley. Thank you Cael for putting together such a great team and fantastic staff.
As I have noted before, this team has passed my eye test and now the analytics show my eye is still good.
As a coach you live and die with the insertion of youth into your lineup, but Pat made the decision to start the youngsters and give them a lot of minutes and this will only help in the long term as they grow up. He is bringing in help at the 4 for, hopefully, improvements in rebounding.
I hope they are ready to take the next step in their progression and reach the NIT next year at a minimum with possibly being a bubble team for the Big Dance.
First impression, not sure that it will remain as loud. Have they done any acoustical modeling to make sure we don't lose the intimidation factor of 100,000+ filling the stadium with noise?
Second impression, it looks like it will cut down the NW wind with the cutouts filled in.
With Sandy's support comment in place, it would greatly surprise me if there wasn't a 2-3 year contract extension. The caveat is there will be little to NO buyout. A contract feature like this will keep the pressure on Pat from the Administration side. The pressure will always be there from portions of the fan base, but another portion of the fan base, myself included, see progress in the play of these young men. It may not have shown up in this year's results, but you could see that "freshman wall" being hit at various times by the youngsters which is not surprising. This step back led to some frustrating results, but that is what you get when you go with talented youngsters.
As Milkman noted above, patience is needed to lay a foundation and Pat has been doing that although slower that many fans want to see. Others have noted that when you look at each major college team they have a pretty secure hold on the major basketball city in the state. Never in my 50 years of watching Penn State basketball has a coach breached the recruiting wall around the basketball rich city of Philadelphia like Pat has done and he has brought in some nice talent. The next step in the progression is to develop these young men into a team that can compete in the B1G and finish near the top of the conference on a consistent basis. If he succeeds in that in the next 2-3 years, the high end talent in Philadelphia may look at Penn State as a viable destination on their way to the NBA.
We need to keep Pat in place to reach this faraway goal of ours to have a respectable basketball team at Penn State as long as he keeps the team improving on the court.
They know you too well and didn't take the bait!
Interesting premise, but as Mr. Clemens said there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And to base a category of luck on statistics is just as ridiculous as pulling a number out of one's posterior which is probably just as accurate.
"Luck" comes from execution. The better a team executes offensively and defensively during a game the more "Luck" they have. Better execution should come as the team grows in experience, thus the premise of extrapolating more "Luck" from this year to next can be expected since the majority of the factors for this team are improving: a full year of experience for the freshmen and sophomores in the B1G environment; addition of actual front court help to spell Watkins; and another year in the system learning each teammate's tendencies in game situations and what the coaching staff's expectations are.
So this could definitely prove that next year's Lions will have more "Luck" and should win more games because of it, but it is not because the team is "Lucky" or not.
I didn't say I was arguing your facts, they are what they are. What you are ignoring is that Penn State basketball has been a pimple on the a** of the Penn State football machine and has never received much support from the administration. It's there and as long as it doesn't cause any problems then the status quo will remain. I've seen that over the last 45 years and I am not sure that it will ever change so another 3 years is not out of the question.
What I would like to hear from you is who you think should replace Chambers and would they be interested in coming in and taking over the team?
Hey Dan, Apples and Oranges for the most part. You neglect to consider the absolute sh*tstorm PSU roundball has historically proven to be. And I go back to the Johnny Bach days. The quality of schedules you provide as facts are so unequal you cannot make a true comparison as you tried to do and Pat has the bad luck to be coaching while the B1G has become one of the premier basketball leagues in the nation.
That being said you have given a nice baseline for everyone to look at for comparison purposes, but Pat has done things that no Penn State coach has ever done, he has heavily recruited Philadelphia and brought in high level talent from Philly. From what I have seen this year I think that Pat deserves to get enough time to get this freshman class through their four years. Agree or disagree, he should have another three years to reach the Tournament.
I think his combine numbers will put off all those teams that go for the glitzy numbers which will let him slide to the deeper part of the second round where he will end up with a successful team that puts a lot into production on the field and takes into consideration the type of competition that they went up against in college. This is where Chris shines and will be a standout selection for the "wise" drafting teams. Think in terms of Hines Ward.
I really don't know who can give a "higher ceiling" than Trace coming into next season. He wasn't the problem this past year and won't be a problem this fall. Yeah, some people always think the backup QB is always better, but there is a reason he is the backup. I trust the coaches' opinions much more than yours.
Our OLine was still the weak link on the offense and linebacker was the weak link on defense due to lack of depth during the past year, not QB play. Improvements in these units will make the difference this year.
The only one of the Freshman Three not consistently shining through is Lamar. I think he is one that hasn't climbed totally over the freshman wall like Tony and Mike (although Mike's redshirt certainly helped him.) I hope to see him get back his consistent shot and that will go along way to the team finishing the season with a bang.
If you really want to feel old. My wife and I visited our oldest in SC yesterday and realized he graduated 12 years ago and the youngest graduated 5 years ago. But the good part is the loans are finally paid off. Beautiful day in SC, the campus didn't seem overly bustling until you got to the Creamery where the line was out the door.
F**K efficiency - "BOMBS AWAY" All kidding aside I think if we can have an OLine that stays together as a group (NO injuries although it looks like we now have quality depth), the efficiency will come, but that also means holes will open for our stable of running backs to cause safeties to crowd the line leaving a lot of one on ones down the field. This will still leave the opposing DC's to choose their poison.
Good get with this interview. This young man seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is getting solid advice from his uncle and Dad. I especially like that he wants to take his time and not have to be in a position to de-commit.
Let's hope "the best recruiters in the game" get him to come to PSU.
Where is this taking place? Did they move it out of Iran or did Iran cave?
Hopefully Pat has found a diamond in the rough. If his high school attitude transfers over to D-1, it sounds like we have solid Big Ten 4 to help out the frontcourt.
Like we are surprised!
we're known on AAU circuits
Or is Pat known on the AAU circuits and will take that with him at his next school leaving PSU back where it started?
Just another reason for the "fire Pat" whiners to think about how much he has done to bring in Philadelphia talent. Based on what I have been reading it is their buy-in to Pat, not Penn State that has them telling their kids Penn State is a good destination for them.
Can't measure his impact and the importance of his 32 minutes. Also got his usual two blocks.
Mike Watkins "adjusted" at least four other shots into misses with his taking over the middle on the defense. And those two down low assists showed his awareness on offense.
WHY? He just has a bug up his a** for Pat and it is never going to change. I've had over 20 years coaching teenagers and they can drive you nuts no matter how much you coach them. You have to remember you are still working with children in a man's body and that mind can turn itself over in the space of minutes especially without a good core of upperclassman leadership to calm them down or pick them up. It is very hard for a coach to provide that leadership from the bench.
That leadership will develop, but it will take time and may develop quicker as they been thrust into starting roles as freshmen.
Here are some fearless predictions regarding the recruiting class and elsewhere.
I really hope these "fearless predictions" have come after seeing the bottom of the bottle because not one of them is happening other than Charles and Johnson being in the mix to replace Godwin.